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Skinny Dip with Debra Frasier

What is your favorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion: When I was four­teen years old I assumed the role of Christ­mas Ambrosia Mak­er in my south­ern-nov­el of a fam­i­ly. I was the youngest appointee, ever, and sur­pris­ing, as it requires weld­ing a very sharp ser­rat­ed knife, but I had a knack for it. We were a “fruit-rich” fam­i­ly due to a small, scrag­gly orange grove west of Vero Beach, FL.… more

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Skinny Dip with Heather Vogel Frederick

What is your proud­est career moment? I don’t think any­thing will ever beat get­ting that phone call over a dozen years ago from Simon & Schus­ter (edi­tor Kevin Lewis, to be exact) let­ting me know that they were going to pub­lish my first book, The Voy­age of Patience Good­speed. I hung up the phone after­wards and burst into tears.… more

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Skinny Dip with Susan Cooper

What ani­mal are you most like? I’m a giraffe. A medi­um-sized giraffe, because I was tall when I was young, but now — to my fury — I’ve passed the age when you begin to shrink. A giraffe is shy, and does­n’t make much noise: that’s me, I think. The giraffe and I are both good at look­ing around and notic­ing things — though in my case I’m col­lect­ing mate­r­i­al for books, and in hers she’s look­ing out for the lion who wants to eat her.… more

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Skinny Dip with Jen Bryant

What ani­mal are you most like? Prob­a­bly a cat. I’m very inde­pen­dent, I love to sit in a pud­dle of warm sun, I spend a lot of my free time watch­ing birds, and I’m very attached to my home. (I would have said a dog, but I’m not that obe­di­ent!)  Which book of yours was the most dif­fi­cult to write or illus­trate?… more

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Skinny Dip with Virginia Euwer Wolff

What’s your favorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion? I have so many favorites. One of them is the hang­ing of the Christ­mas stock­ings. My aunt made felt and appliqué stock­ings for my two tiny chil­dren in the 1960s. Thir­ty years lat­er, my daugh­ter made felt and appliqué stock­ings for her hus­band, their two chil­dren, and me. She designed the appliqué motifs to reflect each fam­i­ly mem­ber.… more

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Skinny Dip with Maryann Weidt

What’s your favorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion? I love get­ting togeth­er with my chil­dren — all grown-ups now — at Christ­mas. My daugh­­ter-in-law majored in ‘enter­tain­ing’ and she always has ‘Pop­pers’ and we always play games. One year she taped a ques­tion on the bot­tom of each plate. Ques­tions like these: What is the best Christ­mas present you ever received — and we each had a chance to answer the ques­tion.… more

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Skinny Dip with Phyllis Root

What keeps you up at night? My cat Catali­na keeps me up at night, meow­ing and wan­der­ing back and forth over me, look­ing for our oth­er cat Spike, who died last fall and with whom she’d been togeth­er since kit­ten­hood. What is your proud­est career moment? I have two, and they hap­pened close togeth­er. When Big Mom­ma Makes the World had its launch in Lon­don, the Lon­don plan­e­tar­i­um was filled with chil­dren, and some­one nar­rat­ed the text while Helen Oxenbury’s amaz­ing art was pro­ject­ed onto the plan­e­tar­i­um ceil­ing.… more

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Skinny Dip with Liza Ketchum

Which book of yours was the most dif­fi­cult to write or illus­trate? My non-fic­­tion books required the most intense peri­ods of research, but the YA nov­el, Blue Coy­ote, was the most per­son­al­ly chal­leng­ing. How could I, a straight woman, take on the char­ac­ter and voice of a young male teen who was explor­ing his sex­u­al­i­ty? Yet a num­ber of read­ers who had read the novel’s pre­quel, Twelve Days in August, had writ­ten to ask, “What about Alex?… more

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Skinny Dip with Nancy Loewen

What keeps you up at night? At var­i­ous times: Panera’s iced green tea; the sound of my 18-year-old daugh­ter raid­ing the fridge; play­ing Sudoku on my phone; and, as with every­one, a head full of this-and-that. What is your proud­est career moment? I’m going to reach way back for this one, more than 20 years ago.… more

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Skinny Dip with Karen Cushman

  What’s your favorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion? Phil is Jew­ish so we cel­e­brate Hanukkah. I light the house with can­dles — one hun­dred or so white can­dles of all sizes and shapes. It looks beau­ti­ful but makes the house very, very warm. Were you a teacher’s pet or teacher’s chal­lenge? Oh, teacher’s pet, with­out a doubt. I was too ner­vous to mis­be­have, smart enough to learn quick­ly, and qui­et enough not to show off (see ques­tion #5).… more

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Skinny Dip with Marion Dane Bauer

  What is your proud­est career moment? My proud­est career moment I sup­pose should be the day in 1986 when On My Hon­or won a New­bery Hon­or Award. But though that was the moment that changed my career more than any oth­er, it’s not my proud­est. My proud­est was when I was just begin­ning writ­ing, had fin­ished my first nov­el and had no idea whether what I was doing had any val­ue at all.… more

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Skinny Dip with Sharon Chmielarz

What keeps you up at night? Noth­ing keeps me up at night (knock on wood). I have a cou­ple of glass­es of red wine, then show­er (usu­al­ly), hit the mat­tress, do some leg exer­cis­es, and I’m a goner until the next morn­ing. If I slip from that rou­tine and drink some­thing with caf­feine too close to 6:30 pm or so, then it’s a dif­fer­ent sto­ry.… more

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Skinny Dip with Elizabeth Verdick

What keeps you up at night? Read­ing much, much too late! What is your proud­est career moment? In 2005 I won the Hen­ry Bergh Award, which hon­ors books that rec­og­nize the need to treat ani­mals with kind­ness and car­ing (for my book Tails Are Not for Pulling). I got to stand on a stage in New Orleans with Nor­man Brid­well, author/illustrator of the Clif­ford books.… more

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Skinny Dip with Margo Sorenson

What is your proud­est career moment? My proud­est career moment was doing my first author vis­it at Hale Kula Ele­men­tary School, Wahi­awa, HI, the Schofield Bar­racks ele­men­tary, where I spoke to 200 kinder­garten­ers and their par­ents, many of whom were in cam­mies, about Alo­ha for Car­ol Ann. Tears came to my eyes as I watched the par­ents and kids inter­act in the activ­i­ty the librar­i­an (SLJ Librar­i­an of the Year Michelle Colte) had designed for them, based on my book.… more

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Skinny Dip with Joanne Anderson Reisberg

What is your proud­est career moment? I entered a Writer’s Digest Con­test and received an Achieve­ment Cer­tifi­cate for hav­ing placed 37th out of 100 in ‘pic­ture books.” I felt thrilled to be includ­ed, and then I read the con­test had received 11,000 entries in 5 dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. Woo Hoo.  Describe your favorite pair of paja­mas ever When I was ten, I received an out­ra­geous pair of silk paja­mas from a child­less aunt in Chica­go.… more

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